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"Don't Smoke in Bed" 

created by Aurin Squire

"Don't Smoke in Bed" introduces Richard, a Jamaican-American man, and Sheryl, his Irish-American wife, and follows the story of this interracial couple as they are interviewed about their marriage by an unseen journalist via webcam. As the two open up about their relationship, inner demons are revealed and their effort to start a family together is complicated. Don't Smoke in Bed presents a rich, insightful exploration of how society's expectations influence what goes on behind closed doors. 


Director - Chika Ike 

Stage Manager - Devonte E. Washington 

Production Manager - Jaime Gutfeldt 

Scenic Designer - Milo Bue 

Sound Designer - Stephanie Slaven-Ruffing 

Lighting Designer - David Goodman-Edberg 

Costume Designer - Stefanie Johnsen

Properties Designer - Katlynn Yost*

Intimacy Designer - Gaby Labotka

Assistant Intimacy Designer - Courtney Abbott

Technical Director - Jake Engram

Scenic Painter - Sydney Purdue


Richard - Kai A. Ealy 

Sheryl - Nicole Fabbri*

"[I]ncredibly sharp writing, expertly paced character building, and powerful performances [...] Chimera Ensemble’s production is well worth your time." - The Hawk Chicago

*denotes ensemble member

photos by Nico Fernandez of Fernandez Foto & Eric Kirkes